October 29, 2010

Sweet Deal

If you like your daily deals served up with a bit of social consciousness, you might want to check out Roozt.com. Like popular daily deal sites Groupon, Woot, and LivingSocial, Roozt delivers one unique discounted deal (50-80% off retail price) to your inbox every day.

What differentiates this newbie from the pack is that all of the products and services it features come from companies that are certified socially and environmentally responsible. That means no sweatshops, no animal testing, and definitely no unfair trade.

To sweeten the deal even more,
Roozt will donate 1% of the total sale to the non-profit of the customer’s choice.

Click here to sign up for your daily deal alert (it’s free) or go to www.Roozt.com to buy directly from the site. Just remember that deals come in limited quantities for 24 hours only. Hence the term “daily deal.”

October 28, 2010

Trick-or-Treaters on a Mission

Every Halloween, MDG's parents would send her around the neighborhood, box in hand, asking for donations for UNICEF. At the time, she had no idea what UNICEF was or did, of course. She just dutifully knocked on doors, showed them the box, and hopefully got some spare change for her efforts along with armfuls of candy.

If you’ve got ghouls or goblins who are still of trick-or-treat age, why not outfit them with an iconic orange box to go with their Halloween costume? It’s a great way to teach them about social responsibility and an easy way to raise money for an excellent cause. You can pick up UNICEF collection boxes at your local Toys "R" Us (R) or Babies "R" Us stores. Click here for locations.

Over the past 60 years, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF has raised more than $160 million, providing children around the world with immunizations, health care, clean water, nutrition and education in more than 150 countries around the world. It’s pretty amazing what a bit of spare change can do.

October 27, 2010

Cheerios Has a Heart

Cheerios' “Love your heart so you can do what you love” sweepstakes is a little corny and has a slightly tenuous link to do-gooding, but it does offer you a chance to win five grand for your favorite charity so I'm going to suck it up and write about it.

Here's what you have to do. Pick your favorite interest - travel, outdoor, home & garden, volunteer, sports, cooking, family, arts, entertainment or music – and then click on this
link (you also have to pledge to be good to your heart by eating more Cheerios, natch; I'm assuming they have no way of knowing if you're staying true to your word or living off of cheeseburgers, though, so don't worry about it too much).

Clicking on the "
volunteer" link gives you a chance to win $5,000 for your favorite charity, plus an all-expenses paid trip for you and a guest to the 2011 National Conference on Volunteering and Service in New Orleans. If travelling sets your heart aflutter, you could win a 7-day vacation for two anywhere in the United States. Music? Five fun-filled days at Rock n’ Roll Fantasy Camp. Cooking … well, you get the idea.

There’s no real rush for this one; you’ve got until August 31, 2011 to enter. Click here for more information.

October 22, 2010

Have You Been Carded Recently?

For those of you who a) live in California and b) have a Safeway or Von’s store nearby and c) are gift-buying challenged, you can now find gift cards that give more than just generic cash. From the folks who brought you Causes, the Facebook application, come Causes, the charity gift card.

Like the super-popular app, the gift cards allow people to donate online to their favorite charity. Simply buy a $25 or $50 card (purchase is tax-deductible), give it to a friend, family member or co-worker and they can choose to donate to a charitable cause of their choice (there are thousands to choose from).

So, if you can’t figure out what to get Aunt Lucy or cousin John, consider the
gift card that keeps on giving.

Click here to learn more about this great Idea.

October 21, 2010

Malaria, the Joke's on You

Miss Do-Gooder likes to think that she loves all creatures great and small. Yet deep down, in quiet moments of reflection, she will admit to herself that this, strictly speaking, isn't entirely true.

You see, the mere hint of a mosquito's quiet, high-pitched buzz will send her whirling around the house like a demon, rolled-up
Us Weekly in hand, slashing at thin air and unable to rest until she's sated her rage and terminated the delinquent insect's short, infuriating life.

Of course, MDG has it easy. These blood-sucking beasts are also the source of something far more terrible than a splat on a gossip rag and a couple of overturned chairs. The little suckers cause around 250 million cases of malaria around the world every year, mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa, and kill millions.

But this anger can't be good for MDG, which is why she's decided to take a different tack and laugh at them instead. She is being aided in this strategy by the non-profit
Malaria No More, which just kicked off its “ Comedy Fights Malaria” campaign and is using gags and a little comedy star power to keep malaria in the spotlight.

Click here to see how stars like Ed Helms, John Mayer, Elizabeth Banks and BJ Novak put the funny in the fight against malaria - and raise awareness about the fact that every 45 seconds a child in Africa dies from this preventable disease.


P.S - If you’re looking for comedy that benefits another worthy cause – autism - tune in tonight (Thursday, October 21) for
Jon Stewart’s annual special “Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert for Autism Education.” Comedians including Steve Carell, Steven Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Chris Rock, and Sarah Silverman will all be on hand to raise a ton of money for autism and provide you with lol humor. The event airs on Comedy Central at 9:00PM ET/PT.

October 20, 2010

Suit Up

You can help low-income women dress for success simply by shopping at your local Loehmann’s store this weekend. On October 23-24, for a $5 charitable donation at the register, you’ll receive a 10 percent discount on your total purchase. That means you come out ahead on any purchase of more than (MDG extends and counts fingers and toes ...) $50.

The entire $5 donation, plus 2 percent of proceeds from participating shoppers, will go directly to
Dress for Success, an international non-profit that provides professional work attire and career development tools to disadvantaged women in more than 105 cities around the world.

Click
here for more information about how to help a young woman dress for success.

October 13, 2010

If The Shoe Fits...

Where can you shop for thousands of designer shoes at a hefty discount (50 percent off the MSRP), from the comfort of your own home, all while supporting breast cancer research? At QVC’s “FFANY Shoes on Sale” benefit this Friday, October 13 from 7-10PM EST. In case you’re wondering what the “FFANY” stands for, it’s the Fashion Footwear Association of New York.

Choose from over 100,000 pairs of shoes – including flats, clogs, heels, boots, stilettos, sandals, sneakers, pumps, slippers, wedges and slingbacks – from designers such as UGG, Nine West, Anne Klein, Easy Spirit, Mootsies, Tootsies, Naturalizer, Franco Sarto, Cole Haan, Dr. Scholl’s, Kenneth Cole, Sketchers, and of course, UGG Australia.

Net proceeds from the three-hour shoe-shopping extravaganza benefit several organizations dedicated to breast cancer research and education including The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the John Wayne Cancer Institute, and the University of Pennsylvania Abramson Cancer Center.

Click
here for more information on how to step up and shop for a cause.